CoEd Dormitories Essay

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CoEd Dormitories



When I visited Berry College, one of the first things that I learned was Martha
Berry’s mission for her students - to educate the head, the heart, and the hands. The lady
in the admissions office who welcomed us to Berry beamed as she told me how almost a
hundred years later this mission is still the driving force behind Berry College. What a
wonderful place to be, I thought to myself. A place where I will grow mentally,
spiritually, and physically. Now that I am approaching the end of my freshman year, I am
able to reflect on all that I have learned, as a result of Martha Berry’s original purpose for
the school. I was recently disturbed, however, to discover that the ideals which Berry
College was founded upon have been challenged with the proposal for building a new
co-ed dorm on campus, for cost efficient reasons. The decision to erect a co-ed dorm
would be detrimental to the Berry community because it will hinder Berry’s mission to
educate the head, the heart, and the hands, of their students thus creating problems that
would far outweigh the financial convenience.
The head is where our brain is located. Our brain is the organ which allows us to
think. We have the choice to think good things or bad things. A major factor contributing
to what we think about is our environment. Berry College encourages their students
through a variety of Christian organization, and also the enforcement of strict rules, to set
their minds on pure and wholesome things. One rule in particular that reflects Berry’s
concern for the students is the “no sex on campus” rule. Berry’s policy is only effective if
they provide an atmosphere that reinforces this rule. By creating an environment that is
not surrounded by sexual temptation, students are not tempted to think about sex as much.
Also, the “visitation” rule , which requires students to be out of the dorms of the opposite
sex by 12 am on week nights and 1am on weekends, helps students to avoid tempting
sexual situations. Guys and girls have enough trouble as it is avoiding sexual temptations.
I know if I had a handsome guy whom I had a crush on, living beside me or even above
me the easy access would make my temptation that much harder to resist. I know much
of this temptation comes from our hormones, but how we respond to it is contingent upon
the decision that we make with our head (brain). By building a co-ed dorm, Berry would
create unnecessary temptation for their students. A co-ed dorm would send mixed
messages to the students, confusing their minds, and hindering the education of the head.
The heart is probably the hardest thing to be educated here at school, because it is
where our morals and beliefs lie. While Berry College accepts a variety of views and
beliefs, it still upholds Christian values and does not tolerate behavior that violates or is
offensive to high moral standards. I would say most students who come to Berry are
Christians or are in favor of the Christian belief. This is not surprising. Since Berry was
founded on Christian principles which are still taught, students of this faith are drawn to
Berry. When we come to college, most often our beliefs and morals have already been
shaped by our families, friends, or church. These beliefs are not created overnight,
however they were instilled, repeated and exemplified in positive role models. Even
though we may have already defined our morals and beliefs, we still need encouragement
and people who are good examples to us. Berry does an excellent job of giving their
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